Once A Republic


This is a pretty short and straightforward review of what the Government is empowered to under the Constitution of the United States.  Read this Article carefully as there will be a few questions at the end of this post.  This is the sum total of the Power AND Authority enumerated to the Federal Government.  That said, here is Article 1, Section 8:

Section. 8. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; — And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.


Regardless of the self-serving rulings of the USSC, what you do not see listed here, (and this is just the short list), is:

The power to force participation in a Federally controlled retirement system.

The power to create a Healthcare under Government control with mandatory participation.

The power to force contributions to and run a Federal program(s), medicare/medicaid.

The power to redistribute the public funds, (tax revenue), to private individuals, (welfare).

The power to coerce States into mandated programs with or without funding them.

To control the Education system.

The authority to “own” land other than for military purposes or for the seat of Government.

As I say, this is a very short list.

Not only has the Congress abdicated it’s responsibility in many areas, such as declaring war, the USSC has pretty much become a rubber stamp for the Congress.  Without a count I’d have to say a good 85% of what the Federal Government does, has ZERO Constitutional backing.

The USSC has deemed it just fine that very little the Federal Government does could be unconstitutional.  Most of their rulings tend to revolve around cases against State Laws.

Some will say a couple of things such as that was 1789 and this is today and you wouldn’t want to live under those rules in the more complex world we have today.  But to them I reply that I have little problem with many things the Government does, what I have problems with is that if you allow the Government to make up the rules as they go, you might find yourself on the hard side of those rules one day.

The bottom line is, if the Government feels that the people want something more than what is provided for in Article 1, Section 8, then go through the process the Founders provided for change in the Constitution.  It’s not like they didn’t expect that the Country would grow and things would change.

Do it right or don’t do it.


“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”

7 Responses to “Once A Republic”

  1. caver8 Says:

    Hiyas chas….I wanted to compliment you on the article. The people DO want more than the Constitution. Thats why it was written, I would think. But WE can ‘get’ all we want WITHOUT the Government bothing to try to get it for us. The Government isn’t doing many of the things they are SUPPOSED to BE doing for us as is! Show us you can do the things REQUIRED of you and REPRESENT AMERICA FIRST and then we might think about letting you Government workers have a LITTLE more responsibility…that is, if you have proven you can do the other stuff FIRST. I am PROUD to be an American. I was born here and raised here and love this country. The only American ~enterprise?~ I am losing enthusium about is the United States Government. That’s what I am less proud of but I know it can be fixed. I think a LOT of people just like me also do. I think a LOT of people who thought Obummer was the best thing since sliced bread have pulled the wool off their eyes already. I also think a LOT of Republican Polititions know we’ll toss them out on their butts too if they don’t start ACTING LIKE PUBLIC SERVANTS and put the Peoples Business FIRST. I think a bunch of Democrats are embarrassed by the current situation with their political operatives as well. I am not going to bad-mouth Democrats. They are not the problem. Its the Democrats that they elected that are the big problem. I can even deal with Liberals… as long as they don’t go by Liz….lol. Feel free to use this as you please, chas, but only chas….for now….. hehehe. And chas.. I guess you’d have access to my email addy, I’d be honored if you wanted to add me to youe Windows Messenger Live acct, if you use it or contact me by email with this
    Thank you for your thoughts and kind words. If I had a messenger Live account, I’d be honored to be part of your contact list, but I don’t. I am on Facebook and Twitter, between those, my blog, Ali’s blog and a private blog I’m pretty used up trying to keep up with things.

    Thanks again for coming by and returning to Ali’s blog.


  2. Allen Says:

    Good post Chas.

    When we compromise, we lose.
    In the case of the Constitution, which really was the great compromise we won didn’t we?

    There is nothing wrong with compromise if you are actually willing to settle for something that is within the limits of the Constitution. Problem is that today both sides are working well outside the Constitutional limits.

    Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Eileen Says:

    No fear–the next generation of Kennedy’s will fix it all. lol,
    And Government will no longer waste money….lol


  4. Frank C Says:

    Another fine one CHAS…I think you could have concluded “Don’t do it because you cannot do it right anytime
    I wouldn’t suppose to argue with you my friend.


  5. James Gafney Says:

    Jeez Chas! Seriously, what the hell am I coming home too? And what will my great grand children be paying for when the next genius comes along and tells us how to fix this mess….by throwing more money at it. It literally twists my stomach in knots.

    I think I’m coming down with POSD (Post Obama Stress Disorder)


    I hope they are not going to have to pay for at least some of this. The people are rising up against the health care thing at last.

    If it isn’t POSD, it might be something stuck to your boot. 😉

    Stay safe my friend.


  6. Gini Says:

    Well…the clock is ticking away, and it is later than I thought. Paused, however to read your blog, when I saw you had a new one up…and, of course, it’s just so exactly correct. I guess because one: “But to them I reply that I have little problem with many things the Government does…”, we got plain lazy along the way. It’s of course the last part: “…what I have problems with is that if you allow the Government to make up the rules as they go, you might find yourself on the hard side of those rules one day.”, that one has a prob with. I guess we are on the cusp of finding out just exactly what that might mean. Oh my…nite Chas. Great read, again. Gini
    And now the big 3, in cahoots with the Administration refuses to present counter point Ads to the health care debate, And the Dems cry foul because Fox to them is tilted right? These people are seriously demented in the way they think.


  7. βɛʈʈɥ Says:

    Is anyone going to stand up and start defending the Constitution, how long is this garbage going to go on?

    The Dems are already trying to change the same law they changed 5 or 6 years ago to suit their needs now that there is an empty Senate seat ~ they want it both ways, as long as it suits them. Bull sheet!
    We The People, are the only ones who can make the change Betty.


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